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Sprained thumbSkier’s thumb

Another name for a sprained thumb is “Skier’s thumb” because this is the kind of injury that most commonly occurs to skiers. What happens is that the prime ligament in the thumb is stretched in a way that makes it bend backwards. Skiers are not the only sportsmen that are susceptible to this kind of injury, as it is usually associated with sports in general.

Whether this injury will be completely healed or not depends on the way it was sustained. If the thumb was bent completely backwards, then the injury will, in fact, be entirely cured after proper treatment. If, however, the thumb was tilted to the side, then that is the kind of sprain after which the thumb will never be entirely properly fixed.

What are the symptoms of a sprained thumb?

One needn’t worry about the chance of not noticing the sprain straight away, as its symptoms are usually quite easily visible. First of all, the thumb, as well as the entire area around it, will be under a lot of pain. This pain manifests itself instantly and it tends to be so throbbing and severe, that it’s really impossible to ignore.

It takes no more than a couple of minutes for the next symptom to appear, which is the swelling that spreads around the whole area, beginning from the root of the thumb.

Due to the type of injury, the affected thumb will lack stability and firmness, and depending on the degree of the deficit in question, the person will either need to undergo surgery or not. The surgery is required when the thumb was tilted to the side while sustaining the injury. What this signifies is that the ligament was not just sprained, but ruptured, which is a far more serious issue.

How to treat a sprained thumb

The first step to attending to the injured thumb is to apply ice packs and cold compresses to the injury several times a day and hold them for about fifteen minutes. These should help numb the pain as well as decrease the level of swelling. One other thing that’s also good to do is place a bandage around the thumb for support.

What’s also important to keep in mind is that no burden should be placed on the thumb until it’s healed. That means no heavy lifting or any kind of activity that might worsen the condition. It’s also important to remember to lift the thumb from time to time in order to discharge the fluid that might have gathered in the injured area. 

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